Meet The Team

Dr Musharraf Hussain
Director & Chair

Dr Hussain qualified in 1973 and has been a local GP since May 1989, currently working as a part time partner at Healey Surgery. He has been involved with management in healthcare for many years and aims to see healthcare delivered with compassion and dignity. He has also attended multiple leadership courses run by Kings Fund and Royal Collage of General Practitioners and runs the ‘Cummuni Tea Room’ in Rochdale, which acts as a social enterprise serving all communities of Rochdale.

In his spare time, Dr Hussain enjoys music, acting, reading and travelling. His all-time favourite film is "Casablanca" and favourite writer is noble prize winning Robindranath Tagore.



Gail Whitehead
Director & Chief Operating Officer

After a 25 year career in the private sector, Gail started her journey in the NHS family in 2004. Following four years supporting the Professional Executive Committee Chair at Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Primary Care Trust, Gail was instrumental in the inauguration and development of GPCARE Group CIC. After six years as Company Secretary for GPCARE Group CIC, Gail became a Director for GPCARE Services in August 2013. Gail’s previous roles in both the private and public sectors have encompassed a wide range of disciplines which will complement the organisation.

Interests outside work include cooking, entertaining friends & family and Rugby League (watching, not playing!).

Dr Zal Alam
Director & Intermediate Tier Lead

Dr Alam has been a salaried GP since October 2014 at the Middleton Urgent Care Centre and is currently our Intermediate Tier Lead. Dr Alam has co-authored multiple journal articles and has taken part in PRIME medical education since 2013.

His hobbies include swimming, movies and politics.

Dr Saj Azfar
Director, IG/IM&T Lead and Caldicott Guardian

Dr Azfar has been a local GP for 23 years and currently works as a part time partner at Edenfield Road Surgery. He has 18 years’ experience of working in health informatics and has served on a PCT board as IM&T Lead. He is currently working as clinical IM&T lead for NHS HMR CCG, and is a former director of the Rochdale West cluster provider company, Westdale Healthcare Ltd.


Dr Glyn Stockton

After training as an Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr Stockton decided to become a GP in the Boarshaw area of Middleton. He regularly performs minor surgery procedures and still takes an interest in Orthopaedics.


Kelly Vines
Director & Practice Manager Lead

Kelly began her Career in 1998 in the Army and transferred to the RAF in 2002 as a RAF Medic. She has done tours of Kosovo and Iraq and left the RAF in 2009 to join the NHS as a practice manager. She is currently the Practice Manager of Littleborough Group Practice and is the Practice Manager Representative on the GP Care board.

In her spare time Kelly enjoys beauty therapy, holidays and spending time with her family.

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